Designs for Gun-Barrels & Mortars


The mortars were intended to discharge Greek fire to burn the rigging and sails of enemy ships.  The bottom drawing shows a box-shaped mortar mounted on a small boat. Unfortunately,  such a small boat would most likely capsize if mortar fired. 

“Leonardo Da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519) - Recto: Designs for Gun-Barrels and Mortars. Verso: A Town Wall Being Blown Up.” Royal Collection Trust,

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  • Leonardo da Vinci

Image Date: 

circa. 1485